Star Wars: The Force Awakens made $517m (£375m) in its worldwide debut, coming in just behind Jurassic World's $574m (£387) record.
The film, set in a galaxy far, far away, broke opening weekend records in the US, making $238m (£158m).
Although Disney and J. J. Abrams went out of their way to prevent any spoilers leaking onto the internet early, fans at a midnight screening were left incensed after a malfunctioning projector skipped a huge segment of the film, showing the audience a huge spoiler.
The Force Awakens garnered critical acclaim among reviewers, with many describing it as the film fans were hoping for.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened at UK and US cinemas on 17 and 18 December respectively.
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